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Unit 5.2: Faith in action

Key Question: What inspires people to follow a faith and what is the cost?

About this unit

'Faith in Action' builds on Unit 4.2: Saints and heroes, exploring various aspects of making a commitment, seeking out the religious commitment that often goes hand in hand with the admission of belief. 

It looks at the way commitments affect and shape lives, guiding the activities of both groups and like-minded individuals   

Resources: stories about people who are living/have lived out their beliefs through the centuries

Faith in Action series (RMEP) - Mother Theresa, Desmond Tutu, William Wilberforce, Bono

RE Learning Cycle
Unit 5.2: Faith in action
Programme of study Teaching and learning outcomes (AT1) Teaching and learning outcomes (AT2)
Meaning & purpose

consider what motivates faith believers to get involved in different causes

investigate the work of a religious charity   

explore the values that motivate people of faith to respond to a cause

say why they think religions do charitable work
give reasons why people may choose to make sacrifices to improve the lives of others
Beliefs & practices
explore teachings of significant religious people

investigate how significant religious people are inspired

reflect on what influences religious people
Values & commitments

explore commitment as demonstrated in the lives and work of significant people of faith

explain why significant people of faith acted according to their commitments

explain how people are inspired by actions of significant people of faith

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Consider what is vocation? Start by talking to someone familiar - vicar, police officer, headteacher - to find out how essential is personal commitment to their job

Check local newspapers for ‘acts of faith’
Engage with different communities of faith - local and online - to find out about their commitments

To think about: how do people respect and relate to each other? What motivates that respect?

What is ‘a random act of kindness’? Who does them and what motivates the doer?
What does commitment mean for a person of faith? How might they show their commitment?

Do significant people of faith have similar reasons for their actions? Are their actions always the same?

What is the ‘ultimate sacrifice’?
Explore the Old Testament story of Abraham’s commitment and God’s promises to his people in Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions

Investigate the commitment and influence of one or more of Jesus’ disciples or followers – Matthew the tax collector, Saul (Paul) of Tarsus

Interview a faith member; enquire about the way commitments influence their lifestyle and the charitable work that they are committed to

Discover the commitments and acts of faith made by faith members from at least two other faiths

What values do schools and communities live by? How does that reflect in the commitments they make?
Why did the disciples leave everything to follow Jesus? How did this impact their lives? What kind of commitment did they make?

Explore the life of someone who has made a faith commitment

Investigate ‘karma’ and other faith teachings that say by doing good deeds a believer can be reborn to a better life

At Eastertime: read or watch an account of the death and resurrection of Jesus; consider the factors that motivated Jesus to accept death; reflect on the resurrection and explain why Easter is the most important Christian festival
Write a brief explanation of karma, giving examples of deeds of faith

Share a story of commitment in a creative way, through drama or dance

Write ten rich questions to ask Mother Theresa or Archbishop Desmond Tutu about their work and commitment to their faith

Make a class scrapbook of cuttings to show caring work motivated by faith - Christian Aid, Salvation Army, Action for Children, Red Crescent, Oxfam, Cafod, local food banks, ‘chaplaincy everywhere’ groups
Reflect on the motivation and cost of commitment, comparing significant people of different faiths

Review the impact and the influence of faith on the actions of faith members from three different faith communities; is there any shared work between faiths (inter-faith)?

Pupils ask: What inspires and influences my life? How does it show in the way I live and what I do?


Highlighted text indicates how this unit contributes to overall End of Key Stage attainment.

 AT1 (Knowledge & understanding)
 AT2 (Reflection & response)
Show understanding of how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities
Give reasons for the significance of beliefs, practices and forms of expression to individual members and faith communities
Show understanding of the challenges of commitment to a community of faith Suggest why belonging to a community of faith may be valuable, both to faith members and in their own lives
Identify ways in which diverse communities can live together for the wellbeing of all Respond thoughtfully to ideas about community, values and respect
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